Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 1/7/13

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Detroit Red Wings during preseason action at the Wachovia Center on September 22, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The player lockout may be over, almost, but Flyers stud defensman Chris Pronger will not be hitting the ice any time soon.  He is still having concussion symptoms from last year’s (2011) injury.  Pronger like the Penguins Sydney Crosby has had extensive issues getting back on the ice but where Crosby is in his twenties, Pronger is closer to 40. There is a certain point where you have to ask yourself is it better for him to retire?  As a fan, I would love to see him back out on the ice in Orange and Black but at what cost to him and the team. Concussions, it is now being realized have life-long effect.  Does Pronger want to know his kids names at 50? The Flyers could get two young up and coming defensemen for what they are paying Pronger.  The salary cap did not go away with this new deal. What’s best for the Flyers and what is best for Pronger? My fear is that Pronger is done.  Maybe not playing hockey but with the Flyers.
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